Jim Brunzell

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Title History

  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Mike George defeating Tokyo Joe and Great Togo (October 25, 1973);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Mike George defeating Lord Alfred Hayes and Roger Kirby (1974);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Greg Gagne defeating Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Duncum (July 7, 1977);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Ken Patera (September 14, 1979);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Ray Stevens (December 25, 1979);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Greg Gagne defeating Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura (June 14, 1981);
  • WFWA Canadian Heavyweight title defeating The Natural (August 22, 1993);
  • UWF (Herb Abrams) Tag Team titles w/Brian Blair defeating The New Power Twins (September 23, 1994);

Career Highlights

AWA – In The Beginning:

  • December 28, 1972 – Moorhead: Dennis Stamp beat Jim Brunzell (AWA debut).

Central States Wrestling:

  • Jim Brunzell formed a tag team with Mike Georgeand won the Cenatral States World Tag Team titles twice.

American Wrestling Association:

  • 1976 – AWA Comsikey Park: Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne and Wilbur Snyder beat Baron Von Raschke and Ox Baker and Mad Dog Vachon.

National Wrestling Alliance:

  • July 8, 1979 – NWA (Mid Atlantic) Battle of the Nature Boys: Jim Brunzell and Rufus R. Jones beat Ken Patera and John Studd.
  • July 15, 1979 – NWA Maple Leaf Gardens: Jim Brunzell defeated Greg Valentine.

American Wrestling Association – The High Flyers:

  • Jim Brunzell formed an extremely successful tag team with Greg Gagne known as the High Flyers.
  • June 14, 1981: Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne defeated Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura for the AWA Tag Team title
  • June 8, 1982 – AJPW Sumo Hall: Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne defeated Ricky Steamboat and Atsushi Onita.
  • August 29, 1982 – AWA St. Paul: Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne defeated Tito Santana and Rick Martel.
  • April 21, 1985 – AWA Star Cage: Jim Brunzell and Tonga Kid defeating Billy Robinson and Bobby Duncum Sr.

World Wrestling Federation – The Killer Bees:

  • Jim Brunzell was one half of the famous Killer Bees with B. Brian Blair in the WWF.
  • ~~~Brian Blair and Jim Brunzel wrestled as singles wrestlers for a while before becoming a regular full-time team.
  • June 17, 1985: B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell (debut as a team) defeated Steve Lombardi and Dave Barbie.
  • June 1985 – TV Taping: The Killer Bees defeated Barry O and Terry Gibbs.
  • July 5, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Moondog Spot and Barry O.
  • July 9, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Steve Lombardi and Ron Shaw.
  • July 22, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Moondog Spot.
  • July 23, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Bob Orton Jr. and Rene Goulet.
  • July 24, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Barry O and Les Thornton.
  • July 26, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Rene Goulet and the Spoiler.
  • July 28, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart.
  • July 30, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Rusty Brooks and Barry O.
  • August 2, 1985: The Killer Bees fought Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart to a draw.
  • August 6, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Tiger Chung Lee and Alexi Smirnoff.
  • August 10, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.
  • August 18, 1985: Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart defeated The Killer Bees.
  • August 25, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Bret Hart and Terry Gibbs (sub. for Jim Neidhart)
  • September 14, 1985: The Killer Bees defeated Nikolia Volkoff and the Iron Sheik.
  • 1986: The Killer Bees started putting masks on during their matches to confuse their opponents (and the referee).
  • February 17, 1986: The Killer Bees wrestled The Hart Foundation to a time limit DRAW (Taped for Best of WWF Vol 8).
  • March 1986: The Killer Bees defeated Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine (Tag Champs) by Disqualification.
  • April 26, 1996: The Killer Bees were guests of Roddy Piper on the Piper’s Pit segment.
  • August 1, 1986: King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd defeated The Killer Bees.
  • August 17, 1986: The Killer Bees fought Mike Rotundo and Dan Spivey to a DRAW.
  • August 26, 1986: The Killer Bees defeated Joe Mirto and Jack Kruger.
  • August 27, 1986: The Killer Bees defeated Terry Gibbs and Jack Foley (Mick Foley).
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: The Killer Bees defeated Jimmy Jack and Dory Funk Jr.
  • September 1986: The British Bulldogs (Tag Team Champs) fought the Killer Bees to a NO CONTEST.
  • October 28, 1986: The Killer Bees defeated The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff after putting masks on and switching places.
  • October 29, 1986: Don Muraco and Bob Orton Jr. defeated The Killer Bees by disqualification after the Bees pushed referee Danny Davis.
  • November 29, 1986 – SNME: The Killer Bees defeated The Hart Foundation.
  • December 6, 1986: The Killer Bees defeated The Moondogs.
  • December 9, 1986: Koko B. Ware and The Killer Bees defeated Dennis Stamp and Mike Yucca and The Raider.
  • December 10, 1986: Don Muraco and Bob Orton Jr. defeated The Killer Bees by disqualification when referee Danny Davis stopped the match.
  • January 5, 1987: Terry Gibbs and Mike Sharpe defeated The Killer Bees by disqualification when Danny Davis stopped the match for use of the masks.
  • February 1987: The Killer Bees defeated Tag Team Champions The Hard Foundation in a NON TITLE match.
  • February 9, 1987: Demolition defeated The Killer Bees.
  • February 13, 1987: The Can-Am Connection and Killer Bees defeated Demolition and The Hart Foundation in an 8-man tag team match.
  • February 23, 1987: The Hart Foundation defeated The Killer Bees with help from Danny Davis.
  • March 8, 1987: The Killers Bees made it to the second round of the Frank Tunney Memorial Tag Team Tournament (East Rutherford).
  • ~~~The Bees beat The Rougeaus in the first round, but lost to Strike Force in the second round.
  • March 15, 1987: The Killer Bees defeated 3 teams to win the Frank Tunney Memorial Tag Team Tournament (Toronto).
  • ~~~The Killer Bees beat Sika and Kamala (1st Round), Paul Orndorff and King Kong Bundy (2nd), and Demolition (finals).
  • ~~~The Killer Bees then received a title shot but were defeated by the Hart Foundation in the Main Event.
  • March 27, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: The Iron Sheik and Nickolai Volkoff defeated The Killer Bees by disqualification when Jim Duggan interfered!
  • April 23, 1987: The Killer Bees and Koko B. Ware defeated Steve Lombardi and Pete Doherty and Terry Gibbs.
  • April 24, 1987: The Killer Bees defeated the Islanders via disqualification when Haku shoved the referee.
  • May 3, 1997: The Killer Bees defeated Demolition via disqualification.
  • June 23, 1987: The Killer Bees were guest of Jake Roberts during the “Snake Pit” interview segment.
  • July 16, 1987: The Killer Bees and Junk Yard Dog defeated Tiger Chung Lee and Joe Mertoe and Dave Labner.
  • July 18, 1987: Jim Brunzel and Junk Yard Dog (sub for Brian Blair) defeated The Hart Foundation by COUNT OUT.
  • July 24, 1987: Jim Brunzel and Koko B. Ware (sub for Brian Blair) defeated The Hart Foundation by disqualification.
  • July 26, 1987: Jim Brunzel and Hillbilly Jim (sub for Brian Blair) defeated The Hart Foundation by disqualification.
  • August 1987: The Killer Bees and Tito Santana defeated The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis.
  • August 25, 1987: The Killer Bees defeated The Shadows.
  • October 7, 1987: The Killer Bees and Koko B Ware defeated Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake and Johnny Valiant.
  • November 24, 1987: The Killer Bees defeated The Bolshivics.
  • November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: The Killer Bees and Young Stallions were survivors in the Tag Team Survivors Matchup.
  • January 5, 1988: The Killer Bees and Junk Yard Dog and George Steele beat The Bolshivics and Los Conquistadors.
  • January 6, 1988: The Bolshivics and Butch Reed and One Man Gang beat The Killer Bees and Lanny Poffo and Rick Hunter.
  • January 27, 1988: Demolition defeated The Killer Bees to retain their titles with help from Mr. Fuji.
  • February 7, 1988 – Toronto: The Killer Bees vs The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers wrestled to a DOUBLE disqualification.
  • February 1988: Los Conquistadors defeated The Killer Bees.
  • March 12, 1988 – SNME: The Islanders (Haku and Toma) defeated The Killer Bees (Brian Blair and Jim Brunzel).
  • July 1988: The Killer Bees jobbed to the Rougeaus at events all accross the country, night-after-night.
  • July 31, 1988 – Wrestlefest: The Rougeau Brothers defeated The Killer Bees.
  • Summer 1988: The Killer Bees were inexplicably split up and jobbed out of the World Wrestling Federation as singles competitors.

Independents:

  • September 23, 1994 – UWF (Herb Abrams) Blackjack Brawl: The Killer Bees defeated The Warlord and Larry Power.

Retirement:

  • Jim Brunzell has been good friends with “The Boss” Bruce Springstein for well over 20 years.